STEM School for K-8 Grades | Tuition Free Public Charter School

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Third Grade Curriculum

Math

Students will conquer the dynamics of algebra, geometry, measurement, and numbers and operations in third grade.

Algebra

  • Multiplication and division facts
  • Solving multiplication/division fact problems
  • Compare and order fractions
  • Apply inverse operations
  • Create and represent patterns using words and graphs

Geometry

  • Classify 2-dimensional shapes using sides/angles
  • Build and analyze 2-dimensional shapes by applying congruence and symmetry

Measurement

  • Use correct units to solve area and perimeter problems
  • Measure objects using fractional pats of linear units

Numbers and Operations

  • Represent, compute, estimate, and solve problems using numbers through hundred thousands.

Reading

We will focus on the following reading standards in third grade:

  • Use context clues to determine the meaning of unfamiliar words.
  • Compare and contrast elements, settings, and characters.
  • Identify cause and effect relationships.
  • Identify author’s purpose in a variety of texts.
  • Listen to, read, and discuss both familiar and challenging test.
  • Identify themes across fiction and nonfiction.
  • Determine explicit ideas and information from texts.
  • Use strategies to repair comprehension of texts.

Science:
Students will participate in and lead experiments, study scientists from a variety of cultures, participate in the annual science fair, be able to attend special presentations and events related to science, and work in collaborative groups to solve real world science problems.  A variety of curriculum and resources, like Interactive Science, The Great Water Odyssey, and Everglades K-12 are used so the students are able to think deeper about each benchmark and standard and apply their learning to their own life and future. 

  • Practice of Science:Students will raise and explore their own questions about science and create explanations based on their own explorations, and learn how to keep detailed records as well as communicate their findings with other students.
  • Role of Theories, Laws, Hypotheses, and Model: Students will understand and be able to communicate effectively using science terminology.
  • Earth in Space and Time and Earth Structures: Students will learn and be able to explain about stars, the sun and its energy, the Law of Gravity, and be able to use telescopes.
  • Properties and Changes of Matter: Students will measure and compare the temperatures, mass and volume of solids and liquids, distinguish between forms of matter, and describe the changes of matter. 
  • Forms of Energy and Energy Transfer and Transformation: Students will identify the basic forms of energy, understand its ability to cause motion, demonstrate that light can be reflected, refracted and absorbed, and explain how heat is related to light. 
  • Organization of Living Organisms: Students will describe the structures in plants and roles in food, and how plants respond to stimuli.
  • Diversity and Evolution of Living Organisms and Interdependence: Students will classify plants and animals into major groups by traits, describe how animals and plants respond to changing seasons, and how plants use energy from the sun, air, and water to make their own food. 

Writing:

Students write on a daily basis in all subjects using a variety of curriculum and resources, including Melissa Forney, 6 Trait, and The Write Track. Students will write narratives, expositories, persuasives, poetry, and in a variety of expressive forms. 

Students will work on their own pieces of writing through the writing process.

  • Prewriting: Students will be able to generate ideas from multiple sources, determine purpose and audience, and use organizational strategies. 
  • Drafting: Students will be able to develop main ideas with facts and opinions and organizing text in sequential order. 
  • Revising: Students will be able to revise text by combining sentences, improve sentence fluency, and add supporting detail.
  • Editing: Students will be able to edit their drafts for correct spelling, punctuation, grammar, and types of sentences. 
  • Publishing: Students will create hand written pieces of writing as well as creating digital pieces of their work.  They will share with a variety of audiences. 

Social Studies:

Students will learn about American history, geography, economics, and civics and government throughout the day, especially during reading by blending social studies content and reading skills. 

  • American Government: Students will analyze primary and secondary sources, utilize the media center, and define terms related to social sciences.
  • Geography: Students will understand, create, and use maps (and map features), tables, charts, and graphs; label the countries in North America and the Caribbean, states, continents, oceans, and regions of the USA; describe the climate, vegetation, landmarks, physical features, and cultures of the US, Canada, Mexico, and Caribbean; and complete their own investigations by conducting interviews, studying news, poems, legends, and songs.
  • Economics: Students will understand and be able to apply the following economic terms to real life: scarcity, trade, money, buyer, seller, goods, services, and currency. 
  • Civics and Government: Students will be able to explain the purpose and needs of governments; describe how governments gain power; the Constitution; the levels of government and how it is organized at the local level; and identify citizens with civic virtues.